Dealing with intense stress, anxiety, panic attacks is not a healthy or amusing way to live life. If you know what I’m talking about and are looking for some help, consider following some of these tips.
Seek Medical Help
Sometimes, no matter how much you do not want to, medicine is the only way to deal with these issues. The pain will not always pass. Speak to your doctor to find out what can be prescribed.
Counseling and Therapy
Whether or not you realize it, you might need to change your behavior or thoughts to achieve change. Instead of bundling all of those feelings up inside of you, you should get them out and express them. This might be exactly what you need to feel better, and if it’s not, it’s still better for your overall health. If you don’t like the idea of medicine, consider some kind of counseling or therapy.
Try a Journal
Perhaps expressing your deepest emotions with a practical stranger is not for you. However, it’s still worth at least attempting to release those emotions. A journal is a non-confrontational and very private way to do so.
Count to Ten
This method will likely only work if your condition is moderate. When a problem starts to overwhelm you, count to ten, breathe deeply and close your eyes. Once you have reached the number 10, the issue might not seem so bad anymore. This is surprisingly effective for many people.
Return to Faith
Many times, people report that returning to church, temple or another house of worship helps to ease their anxiety. Speaking with God on a daily basis is a major reminder that you are not alone. If nothing else, the community you will find through faith might provide new advice, support or a great sense of belonging, all of which can help.
Meditation and/or Yoga
Perhaps traditional religious practices are not for you, but you can still work on tapping into your spiritual side. When you engage in these two interesting although rather different practices, you’re allowing yourself to channel your spiritual energy and potentially become at peace with the world. They are about letting go of earthly hindrances, and this might be all you need.
Although adding something else onto your plate might seem stressful at first, many say that they feel better after exercising. In order to really enjoy the activity, consider signing up for a Zumba or spinning class with some of your friends. It could be an exciting girls night out! If these are too high impact, something like swimming might be a better fit.
Face Your Fears
One of the best ways to stop being afraid of something is to face it. If your panic attacks stem from fear, you should consider doing so. However, you’ll likely want to do so under the supervision of a licensed professional who can help you if anything goes awry.
You’d be surprised how many resources you have at your tips for dealing with these issues. Are you a student? If so, see if you can meet with a counselor or advisor, who can clue you in on where to go for help. If there’s a human resources department at your workplace, consider speaking with them. If you go to a church, your pastor might be a wealth of information.
Just being so wound up from a day of work, classes and chores can make the most hardy of us stressed. Take time at the end of each day to watch television, do your nails or take a bubble bath, even if only for 20 minutes. Whatever you need to wind down, go for it.
Rick Taylor writes about health, education and more. He has found that one of the best ways to keep his stress down is to go to school online, and so he often writes on how to find the most affordable colleges for online masters degrees.